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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 45

Thursday September 22, 1898 (Part 2)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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Some newspapers and people who are ignorant of the real worth and character of Governor Pingree of Michigan, are berating him and trying to make out that he isn't much of a man after all. This may do among people not acquainted with him; but in Michigan where he is best known, people think different of him. Two years ago he ran 38,000 votes ahead of President McKinly in Michigan, which tells how he stands in his own state. ....

The new Federal jail or penitentiary for which Wagoner and Muskogee have been contending for sometime past, is not likely to be located until after meeting of Congress. In the meantime Fort Gibson will present her claims as to the best site to locate the penitentiary, having advantages that neither Wagoner nor Muskogee possesses - good running water and lots of it, high and healthy location, plenty building rock on the building site, and other conditions.

Col Tom Marcum, of Muskogee, D<...> Warwick of this Territory was in Fort Gibson last Saturday
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as pleasant and entertaining as ever. Marcum besides being a good lawyer is much of a politician. What he says in Democratic politics "goes" in this country. Did the Democrats have their innings, Col Tom Marcum would be "in it" here.

Hon Gideon Morgan of Tahlequah wants the Dawes commission invited to attend the Cherokee council in November next. A good idea, but the Dawes commission will likely be too busy to attend; still they might be invited. More of this kind of spirit a year or two ago might have been better for the Cherokees. But better late than never.

It is conceded that the Cherokees as a people are in advance of all other Indians in the way of education and higher civilization, yet in some respects are behind the other four civilized tribes of this Territory. This is not because the Cherokees do know better, but perhaps, because some of the leaders know too much.

The report of the grand jury at Muskogee calls Judge Thomas' attention to the fact that the fail is much too small to accommodate the prisoners, but is well kept, not much sickness and things as well as could be expected under circumstances. An addition to the jail is asked for at once, which is badly needed.

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Mr R E Butler returned from Omaha today. He spent about five days looking over the exposition, and says it's a big thing worth seeing and financially a success. The gate receipts last Saturday were over $8000. Among the sights are all kinds of guns and implements of war among which is a monster canon 60 feet long. On the way home Mrs. Butler and little boy stopped at Chouteau to visit relatives and friends.

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Several good lady horseback riders in town.

Rev Dobson of Manard was in town over Monday night.

Miss Betty Eiffert has been sick for three or four weeks.

Mayor Shaffer, who was 'under the weather' is around again.

Thos Collins has been dangerously sick, but is getting better.

A lot of cow-boys in town Monday but they were not hostile.

Lots of people in town last Saturday. Business getting better.

R M Walker opened up with a stock of dry goods, this week.

Miss Fanny Willey commenced her school at Tahlequah Monday.

Harry Nash intends to erect another tenament house or two.

Another fine rain yesterday, which ensures a fine crop of "good old turnip greens."

There was a 'hoodo' doctor in town this week, but "suckers didn't bite good."

W T Canup, junior editor of The Post was in Tahlequah this week on business.

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Fine rain last Saturday. Irish potatoes doing well.

Judge Fears of Muskogee was in town Saturday on his way home.

W O Burton of Muldrow was in town last Saturday on his way home. He had been attending court at Tahlequah.

Mr Houston Benge is around again after quite a sickness. Mr Benge is one of the oldest Cherokees in this section and has held important offices.

Mr J F Sisson of Windsor, MO. Was in town this week on business. Mr Sisson owns a large roller miller, is a man of means, likes Fort Gibson and will return later.

Artist Percy Kidd painted on the shirt bosom of Seymour Johnson, the colored dude, a boquette so natural that it fooled the girls. Mr Kidd is getting up a rep as an artist.

U S Commissioner Jackson of Muskogee was recently married to Miss Ionia Coleman of Winonia. Miss Coleman was music teacher at Kendall college, and an estemable lady.

The Webbers Falls Chronicle is an enterprising little sheet. Its issue of last week contained the same "special dispatch" of Tahlequah court proceeding as The Post, typographical errors and all.

Mr Joel Brynt and Miss Maggie Ross of Locust Grove were married a few days since. Mr Bryant is a prominent merchant and Miss Ross is the daughter of Judge R C Ross of Saline district.

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A new grocery store is to open up in town in a few days.

Bring in that load of wood pay up your subscription to The Post.

Mr James Coleman brought in a sorgum cane 16 feet long, which grew on his farm.

Barber Lynch has a fine horse, on the road - hard to beat in this "neck of the woods."

F H Nash is erecting a tenament house near the McBride hotel. Coleman is doing the work.

Corn is selling here at 12 1/2 cents a bushel, and in 1000 bushel lots at 10 cents - most too cheap.

Ed Walker shipped two car loads of fat cattle, Tuesday, among the finest ever shipped from this place.

Kendricks of the Fort Smith News Record made a convival call yesterday. He is a hustler from Chicago.

More freight put off at Fort Gibson than any other town on this line between Fort Smith and Coffeyville, Kans.

Capt Shilby of the wholesale firm of Shibly & Co of Van Buren, was in town two days this week on business.

F H Nash is harvesting a very heavy crop of Kaffer corn in his field near the cotton gin. Looks as if this kind of crop pays.

W E Brooks of Dardanell, Ark. was in town this week prospecting, and has about made up his mind to put in a big lumber yard.

Ellis Childers, a prominent Creek Indian, was in town yesterday. Mr Childers was a prominent candidate for chief a few years ago.

The freight business between this place and Tahlequah is no small thing. Twenty wagon loads started out for Tahlequah Tuesday.

Numerous strangers in town these days prospecting, and all like Fort Gibson. Wait till the time comes and see Fort Gibson boom.

We notice a new crop of rapes in Eiffert's vineyanrd, caused by late pruning. Some of the fruit is getting ripe and more is hardly grown.

W <...> Walker, brother to L Walker <...> Butler Merchantile Co was <...> Muskogee Sunday with <...> to visit his brother.

The colored Baptists had baptizing by immersion in Grand river near the railraod bridge, last Sunday. There was a large gathering of whites and colored.

Attorney Hutchins of Muskogee was in town last week on his way from Tahlequah. Mr Hutchins is one of the lawyers employed by the Cherokee Nation.

Nearly all kinds of building rock here in Fort Gibson - several qualities of sandstone, white limestone, blue limestone, different colored granite and marble, in large quantities

Mrs Sara Holden of Muldrow, wife of the senior editor of The Post was in town this week on a visit, and likes Fort Gibson. Mrs Holden is an estemable and intelligent lady and makes friends where ever she goes.

Some of the papers have it that a railroad is to built from Tahlequah to Wagoner. No truth in the report. When Tahlequah gets a railroad it will be to Fort Gibson, which is a good deal shorter route and not more than half as expensive.

Mr Wm Ross has shown us a very fine seedling apple raised in his mother's orchard, which has the appearance of a Shannon, not quite so large, but of equal flavor, and a profuse bearer. This apple is worthy of propagation.

Thos Owen, the talented young attorney of Muskogee was married last week Wednesday to Miss Beulah Davis, sister of Dr Davis, an estemable and handsome young lady. The happy couple took the train at this place Saturday for Jasper, Ark., Mr Owen's former home.

Genuine cider made from winesap apples is what Mr Henry Eiffert treated the editor to one day this week and extended the invitation. Mr Eiffert has a number of very large winesap trees loaded down with fruit, the best and most profitable in his orchard.

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YOUNG LADY SHOT BY A NEGRO - Mr George Nobel and Miss Effie McKibbon were returning from a negro camp meeting, which is in progress some miles from Birmingham, Ala., when they encountered a crowd of negros returning from the same place. The negoes blocked the road, and Mr Nobel called out: "Clear the way there." The gang parted, and Mr Nobles' buggy passed through, but just as he reached the outskirts of the crowd one of the negroes, offended at his commanding tone, deliberately approached the buggy and fired a pistol at the occupants. The ball entered Miss McKibbon's neck, inflicted a dangerous and possibly fatal wound. Miss McKibbon belongs to a prominent family.

DIED OF HIS INJURIES - W R Nutt, 57 years old, a clerk in the Alabama national bank, at Birmingham, Ala., died the other day from injuries received by being knocked down by a runaway horse. His injuries were thought to consist merely of a few bruises at the time, but later it developed that he was internally hurt. Nutt formerly resided in St Louis, but came to Alabama 15 years ago.

WHAT'S THE MATTER? - A Keeley institute is to be established in Charleston, S C, where the need for such an establishment is said to be very pressing. And yet Charleston has had no barrooms for a number of years, and - nominally, at least - all of the strong drink that the people can get there is dispensed by the state, with a guarantee of chemical purity blown in every bottle.

MERIDAN MISS CURFEW LAW - Meridian, Miss., has adopted a curfew law. All persons caught out after 10 o'clock Saturdays and 8 on other nights, unless out on business which they can satisfactorily explain, will be locked up. The law was considered a necessity to the preservation of the public health during a period when an epidemic of yellow fever is considered a possibility.

SHE TRED ON HIS TOES - John Hill, a young farmer, and Miss Lucy Green attended a social near Aldrick., Ala., and quarreled on the way home. The girl threatened to tread on his toes if he didn't quit quarreling. Hill told her he would kill her if she did. She wouldn't take the dare and she is dead and Hill is in jail.

FOUND DEAD IN BED - Miss Lizzie Belle Weisser, a handsome young married woman, was found dead in her bed at her home in Louisville, Ky., from the effects of a dose of laudanum and carbolic acid. Her husband had charged her with infidelity.

JUDGE S P WALKER - Judge S P Walker, for many years city attorney, ex-chancellor and one of the ablest lawyers of Tennessee, died suddenly at West Yarmouth, Mass., age 58. Judge Walker left Memphis ten days before in good health.

A CAMP SENSATION - A big sensation was caused, recently, at Camp Hamilton, Lexington, Ky., where Gen Sanger's troops are quartered, by the arrest of 33 of the nurses of the division hospital, on the charge of deserting their posts.

A LINEMAN'S FATAL FALL - R P Simmons, a telephone lineman at Jackson, Tenn., fell from a pole to the pavement, striking on his head and was killed. He leaves a family.

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[same article on how great Fort Gibson is that has been in the past few issues]

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     Fred E Holden, late of The Post is home from the army on a furlough. His regiment will move from Fort Reno Friday the 23rd inst. To Lexington, Kentucky. It is expected that they will be ordered to Cuba or Pourto Rico some time in October.

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